PARTNERS OF HARRIS CENTER
FOLSOM LAKE COMMUNITY CONCERT ASSOCIATION
Sunday, September 13, 2015; 2:00 pm
In music, there are those special artists that seem to transcend genre and defy categorization. From time to time, one hears a voice that can stop you dead in your tracks and shake your very foundation to the core. Mike Farris is that artist and he has that voice.
Mike Farris continues to amaze audiences whenever he plays solo or with any one of his different configurations, from the stripped down Cumberland Saints to the full nine-piece Roseland Rhythm Revue. His voice connects and mesmerizes in such a way that it doesn’t matter if the songs were his compositions or ones sung 200 years ago. In June of 2007 Farris released the critically acclaimed Salvation in Lights, which married old time roots gospel sounds with his unique arrangements mainly inspired by New Orleans, Stax and the blues. The music was both spiritual and personal for Mike as it dealt with individual struggle, but it also had a commonality that music fans from all walks of life could enjoy. In 2008, he won the Americana Music Association's “New & Emerging Artist of the Year.”
Mike's new album SHINE For All The People, which has been completely funded by Kickstarter campaigns, was released on 9/16/2014 via Compass Records. Mike was a 2015 Grammy Award-winner in the Best Roots & Gospel Category. According to Mike, “this music - it’s so beyond us, we only perpetuate it. We are just cooks in the kitchen.” If so Mike Farris is one “cook” with an immediate compelling voice.
Two 45 minute sets; with 20 minute intermission